Natural History Museum

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The Natural History Museum at Tring is part of the much larger natural History Museum in London. It was given by the Rothschild family to the nation in 1937, having been the private collection of Lionel Walter, the 2nd Baron Rothschild. Entrance is free but it is worth while buying the guide at £4.

There are several floors with about 2 galleries on each floor. There are both stairs and a lift. The collection consists mainly of stuffed animals and cases of insects. At first this probably does not sound particularly interesting but the first impression would be wrong – actually it is fascinating. The displays are extensive and informative, the variety of birds, reptiles and mammals amazing and the cabinets of insects comprehensive. When we were there one gallery had a section for children about the great explorers – including dressing up clothes. Another room had photos and information about the founder and there were plenty of quizzes etc for children.

There is a small café with tables both inside and out, there are clean modern toilets The interesting gift shop has a good variety of items and a range of prices. The car park is small and I would imagine usually full but there is street parking and other car parks close by as the museum is within walking distance of Tring High Street.

We visited with our 8 year old grandson and he has asked to be taken there again when he next visits us and we shall be happy to go with him again.

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